Pac-12 sending 111 athletes to 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

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SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 will have 111 athletes scheduled for a total of 111 event entries in 41 events at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, to be held at Oregon’s historic Hayward Field for the fifth consecutive year. The Conference will be seeking its 48th all-time men’s title and eighth all-time women’s title, and first since host OREGON swept both crowns at Hayward Field in 2015.

ESPN will provide live broadcast coverage of the NCAA Championships across its family of networks. Click here for a complete broadcast schedule breakdown and streaming links.

Wednesday, June 7 (Men’s)
12:30 pm PT - ESPN3; 4:30 pm PT - ESPNU; 5:30 pm PT - ESPN2

Thursday, June 8 (Women’s)
10:30 am PT - ESPN3; 4:30 pm PT - ESPN2

Friday, June 9 (Men’s)
12:30 pm PT - ESPN3; 5:30 pm PT - ESPN

Saturday, June 10 (Women’s)
11:30 am PT - ESPN3; 3:30 pm PT - ESPN

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - PAC-12 WOMEN'S PREVIEW

The Pac-12 will have 59 athletes in 20 women’s events at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In total, the Conference will have 64 event entries - 60 individual events and four relay teams.

Three Pac-12 teams enter the NCAA meet nationally ranked and the league’s top two programs lead the league in national entries. No. 1 ranked OREGON paces the Conference with 17 total entries, followed by No. 4 USC with 12. On the strength of Bowerman Award candidate Maggie Ewen’s three entries, No. 23 ARIZONA STATE is in four events.

PAC-12 WOMEN’S EVENT ENTRIES BY SCHOOL - 64
Oregon - 17 entries (16 + 1 relay)
USC - 12 entries (11 + 1 relay)
Stanford - 7 entries
Colorado - 6 entries
Washington - 6 entries (5 + 1 relay)
Arizona - 4 entries (3 + 1 relay)
Arizona State - 4 entries
UCLA - 3 entries
California - 2 entries
Oregon State - 1 entry
Utah - 1 entry
Washington State - 1 entry

The Ducks will be aiming for a historic first in NCAA annals as they could become the first women's program to complete the “triple crown” of winning the NCAA cross country, indoor and outdoor national championships in the same season.

Two Pac-12 athletes will be seeking to defend individual national titles in OREGON’s Ariana Washington and Raevyn Rogers. Washington became the first freshman to sweep the 100- and 200-meter dashes at last year’s NCAA meet, while Rogers has won back-to-back 800-meter titles.

Ewen and Washington are among a group of six Pac-12 athletes qualified for multiple individual events. COLORADO’s Erin Clark is entered in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs, Pac-12 and USTFCCCA West Region Track Athlete of the Year Deajah Stevens of OREGON and Deanna Hill of USC are both in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, while Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Anna Cockrell of USC is in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - PAC-12 MEN'S PREVIEW

The Pac-12 will be represented by 52 athletes in all 21 men’s events at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In total, the league will have 47 event entries - 42 individual events and five relay teams.

The Pac-12’s four nationally ranked teams pace the league in terms of total entries in the NCAA meet, led by No. 9 OREGON with 14. No. 14 ranked USC is second with 10, including both relay events, followed by No. 23 UCLA with nine and No. 24 COLORADO with four.

PAC-12 MEN’S EVENT ENTRIES BY SCHOOL - 47
Oregon - 14 entries (13 + 1 relay)
USC - 10 entries (8 + 2 relays)
UCLA - 9 entries (8 +1 relay)
Arizona - 4 entries (3 +1 relay)
Colorado - 4 entries
Arizona State - 2 entries
Washington State - 2 entries
California - 1 entry
Stanford - 1 entry

Two Pac-12 athletes qualified for multiple individual events in OREGON senior and Pac-12 Track Athlete of the Year Kyree King and USC senior Eric Sloan. USTFCCCA West Region Track Athlete of the Year King, the first Oregon sprinter to sweep both the Pac-12 100- and 200-meter titles, is entered in both events as well as part of the Ducks’ 4x100 relay. Sloan, the reigning Pac-12 triple jump champion and USTFCCCA West Region Field Athlete of the Year, will compete for a national title in both the triple and long jumps.

PAC-12 IS FIRST TO 500

With WASHINGTON women’s rowing’s NCAA title on May 28, the Pac-12 became the first conference to reach the 500 NCAA national championships milestone.

The Pac-12 has outdistanced all other conferences in total NCAA titles, winning nearly 200 more than the next-closest league (Big Ten - 307, based on current membership). Other conferences also do not come close to the number of men’s (297 vs. 215 - Big Ten), women’s (173 vs. 100 - SEC), and combined (30 vs. 21 - Big 12) NCAA titles of the next-closest conferences.

Pac-12 members have won a national-best 12 NCAA crowns in 2016-17 entering the men’s and women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships, with No. 1 ranked OREGON STATE baseball also in contention for a College World Series title.

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